The Classic Car Club of America defines a CCCA Classic as: A “fine” or “distinctive” automobile, either American- or foreign-built, produced between 1925 and 1948. Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and “one-shot” or automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car is considered a Classic.
The above description is somewhat limiting, with the beginning of the classic car era more typically considered to be the 1930s, ending with the muscle car period in the 1970s. Many show top off the definition of classic in 1972, defining cars built in 1973 or later as modern customs, exotics or collectibles.
There are many reasons why people claim they like classic cars better than cars of today. Some opinions and reasons include the following:
· cars are technically better built
· cars have more “style” and beauty in their body lines
· are more solid, made with metal, rather than cheaper products like plastic
· were designed by car-lovers, not businessmen
Classic cars tend to hold their value well, especially if they have been well-maintained or restored. As with anything, if you are in the market to purchase, do your research and make sure you know about what make and model you are looking for and what price range would be acceptable and appropriate. If you are looking to sell, do the same so you know what a reasonable price to ask is. Most desirable cars tend to be one-owner low-mileage cars that have mostly stayed covered and very well-maintained.
There are dozens of websites dedicated to selling as well as countless auto dealerships that specialize. If you can’t find what you are looking for locally, check out the internet, or plan to attend a Car Show in your area or beyond.
Classic cars come in too many makes and models to mention in this article. Although auto-makers such as AMC, Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth and Pontiac all have produced cars that now fall in the “classic” range, American-made Chevy has some of the most iconic models. Chevy’s portfolio includes the following:
· El Camino
Custom Classic Cars
Along with restoring the classics, oftentimes people like to make their cars a little fancier by adding modifications known as “customizing” their car. Customizing can range from simple to very complex paint jobs, to mechanical modifications and decorative touches.
World Record Performance
The current Guinness World Record for highest car mileage is held by a 1966 Volvo P1800, which has now covered over 2.9 million miles! Volvo is one company where consumers can order parts from their local dealers to ensure the original performance of their classic car; and the parts delivered today actually have a higher quality than when the car was in production due to evolving technologies.
Whether you’re looking to purchase a classic car for an investment or just for the love of it, or if you’re just an enthusiast who loves the look, people seem to enjoy restoring and showcasing their vehicles all across America. You can definitely consider the it one of America’s favorite pastimes.